New SSW Builds Today, NW Drops Slightly

April 21, 2016, 1:31 AM HST · Updated April 20, 9:57 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the ʻAlenuihāhā and Pailolo channels as well as windward Maui County waters through 6 p.m. Thursday and could be extended if conditions persist.

A High Surf Advisory is posted for the north shores of Maui and Molokai through 6 a.m. Thursday morning and could be extended.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.


**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**



    Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 7.53.07 PMMaui Surf Forecast

    North: Wave heights are expected to be overhead to double overhead today or more. The best breaks could get a bit larger from time to time.

    West: Surf is pretty small today for west shores that aren’t catching the northwest. Breaks catching the wrap are expected to be up to double overhead at the best exposures.

    South: Surf is knee/waist high today to start, building to shoulder high by sunset.

    Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 7.53.13 PMOur current northwest swell is expected to slowly fade over the weekend. A possible swell could move in Wednesday the 27th and another on the 29th. Will keep an eye on it.

    A new south-southwest is expected to build in Thursday and peak Friday up to shoulder/head high at the best breaks. Another smaller south-southwest is expected for the weekend but not expected to increase wave heights over what the fading swell will already be providing.

    Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.  

    **Click here for your detailed Maui County weather report.**

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    Meteorologist Malika Dudley
    Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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